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Everything You Need to Know About Hyaluronic Acid

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Hyaluronic Acid.

 

It almost sounds like something you’d use in chemistry class with beakers and those rather large – yet, safe – goggles on, doesn’t it?

 

Except this isn’t one of THOSE acids.

 

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is naturally found in skin cells and works to hold water and keep that skin plump and full of hydration.

 

In other words: Hyaluronic Acid is crucial for keeping skin hydrated, soft, and smooth.

 

That means fewer fine lines, wrinkles and an even skin tone for you!

 

 

Ok, now that we know your skin wants and needs HA, let’s swap those chemistry lab goggles for some major geek time on all things Hyaluronic Acid.

 

 

WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?

 

Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in the body and this molecule has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water which makes it one of the most potent ingredients for natural moisturizing.

 

Another reason why HA is so potent is that it also has the skill to control moisture within skin cells. Therefore, your cells aren’t drowned by too much moisture.

 

Smart little cookie, this substance is. (We said we were going to geek out, didn’t we?!)

 

HA is a super-magnet for cells to keep as much moisture as it can, so your skin can be as healthy and full of life as possible.

 

 

WHY IS HYALURONIC ACID IMPORTANT FOR YOUR SKIN?

  

You know how people talk about the aging process and remind you to be aware that collagen and elastin start to decrease with age? (Hello, slow cell turnover and rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles that start to pop up).

 

Same goes for this naturally-occurring molecule.

(Oh, age – why do you have to be so cruel sometimes?)

 

That’s why it’s important to be aware of this process in your body and amp it up when age begins to slow it down.

 

And the good news is there are ways to increase the production of Hyaluronic Acid in the body.

  

 

HOW DO I INCORPORATE HYALURONIC ACID INTO MY DAILY LIFE?

  

Now that you know the role Hyaluronic Acid plays in your skin health life, we bet you’re wondering how to get more of it into your daily routine.

 

Here are a few tips to up your Hyaluronic Acid game –

 

1.   – Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.

 

And that can start internally. Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces a day (Ex. Your weight: 140 pounds. Drink 70 ounces of water a day).

 

Incorporate water-rich foods like watermelon and peaches into your wellness lifestyle.

 

These routes of hydration can decrease inflammation and help your body and skin retain moisture.

 

 

2.   – Serum. Cream. Injectable.

 

Hyaluronic Acid can be found in everything from a precious bottle of serum, a jar of eye cream, a special face mask, your daily facial cleanser to a filler for your face and lips.

 

HA can stand-alone or be combined with other ingredients.

 

Of course, speak with your favorite, trusted esthetician before you go crazy buying all the products you see that has Hyaluronic Acid in it.

 

Makeup tip: instead of a primer, use HA as a base before you apply your makeup.

  

 

BENEFITS OF HYALURONIC ACID FOR YOUR SKIN

 

1.   With skin hydration comes a plump face that will have you looking like rest and relaxation is your middle name.

 

2.   Want to shave off a few years on the face? Those fine lines and wrinkles can begin to soften (and hopefully lessen over time).

 

3.   The fight against free radicals can be won with HA because it’s packed with antioxidants that can kick environmental stressors to the curb.

 

4.   It’s safe for any skin type — even the most sensitive and easily aggravated.

 

5.   Speaking of safety for your skin, this is one acid that is counter-intuitive to its name because it’s actually gentle to your skin. No harsh exfoliation or downtime with this acid.

 

  

So, do you feel like you just had a major geek session on Hyaluronic Acid (minus the beakers and safety goggles)?

Can you believe the power of HA? Talk about tiny, but mighty!

 

Have any questions, or feel like Hyaluronic Acid should be part of your skincare routine?

The Renew Crew would love to help you with a skincare analysis and consultation.

Call us today and start a skin health and wellness journey you won’t regret!


RENEW MEDICAL SPA + LASER + WELLNESS CENTER

719.423.0083


Skin Prep for Chemical Peels

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If you're asking yourself: “Do I really need to prep my skin before a chemical peel?”

My answer would be a major, shout-from-the-rooftops,

“Yes: skin prep for chemical peels is a real thing!”

 

And here’s why…

Your skin is delicate and needs a lot of love...from you.

 

Especially if you’re new to receiving skincare treatments of any kind (facials, peels, laser, etc.).

 

Now, let’s talk about skin prep for chemical peels…

 

Why Do I Need to Skin Prep for Chemical Peels?

If you’re a newbie to professional skin care treatments like facials, peels and/or lasers of any kind – consider your skin prep-worthy.

Now, if you believe yourself to be an expert and have your medical aesthetician on speed dial than skin prep can take on a different meaning.

 

But let’s just say you’re new to any in-office treatments for your skin, or it’s been a while since you’ve seen your favorite skincare expert...

 

Think of your skin like a hot date – you prepare like crazy don’t you?

You take a long bath or shower.

You find the right outfit.

You take extra time to get all fancy.

You might even find yourself eating healthier and guzzling water more than usual.

Why?

Because you want to put your best “face” forward, right?

 

Well, that’s a lot like skin prep...

Because you want your in-office “date” to go as well as expected…

You want the treatment to work smarter, not harder.

And that’s why you skin prep.

 

Ok…you know WHY you prep your skin, but exactly HOW do you do that?

 

How Do I Skin Prep for Chemical Peels?

First and foremost -- if you’re not working with a skincare professional right now, this is definitely the time to start researching and testing out consultations with those in your area.

Every skin type and person are different, so a thorough skin analysis should help whomever you’re working with lead you in the right direction for your skin.

 

Ok, you’ve met with your skin care expert and a chemical peel(s) is recommended.

 

 

(4) Skin Prep Tips for Chemical Peels:

 

1.  Stop the Sun Damage

For the (not) love of sunspots, hyperpigmentation and all things sun damage – get out of the sun! If it’s summertime, grab a hat, loads of sunscreen and learn to love the shade. Nothing adds more damage to your skin quicker than the sun.

So, give your skin a break and prep it by loving the sun indoors or in some major shade.

 

2.  Enzyme Peels

Enzyme peels are perfect pre-treatments to chemical peels.

The enzyme peel (a blend of natural fruit ingredients) works as a gentle exfoliant to remove the top layer of skin and helps speed up cell turnover.

This peel can instantly help your skin look glowing and fresh and ready for other skincare treatments. 

 

3.  Retinols

This naturally occurring form of Vitamin A (retinol) targets cell turnover and aids in skin exfoliation.

If you haven’t noticed, exfoliating those dead skin cells is a big step in skin prep and retinols are excellent in that department.

 

4.  Dermaplaning

This procedure – you guessed it – is an exfoliation ninja.

A sterile, surgical scalpel is used to “shave” the surface of the skin. Dermaplaning gently removes dead skin and “peach fuzz” hair off the top layer of skin.

Leaving you with skin that is fresh and ready to absorb all the good stuff that can aide in skincare and healthy aging.

  

To Sum It Up

If you’re thinking about upping your skincare game make sure you consult with your favorite skincare professional and let them guide you with the best course of action for your individual skin.

When skin prep is recommended keep in mind that can include everything from enzyme peels to dermaplaning.

 

And one of the best options you can choose for your skin – prep or no prep – is to watch how long you’re in the sun and make shade and sunscreen your friend.


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